In support of MMA’s continuing effort to halt the growing trend of one-size-fits-all local employment mandates, the Legislature last week passed Senate Bill 353 (Senator John Proos, R-St. Joseph), which would prohibit a local government from regulating the information that an employer can request in a job interview.
It will be presented to Governor Snyder for his signature in the coming days.
This legislation continues the effort to block local governments from enforcing a patchwork of local employment mandates, which successfully resulted in the passage of Public Act 105 of 2015. PA 105 prohibits local governments from forcing businesses to comply with specific wage, benefit, leave time, scheduling, training or job application requirements.
“Local governments in other states have acted to prohibit employers from asking about various items in job interviews, including wage and salary history and criminal record information,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership. “While we haven’t yet found examples in Michigan, this is a preemptive effort to protect the rights of employers and ensure consistency in regulations throughout the state.”
SB 353 passed both chambers on relatively party-line votes. It is supported generally by the business community and is opposed by local governments, the ACLU and other organizations advocating for parolees and probationers.
This article originally appeared in the 3/12/18 issue of MFG Voice.